Development of a Novel Approach to Predict and Prevent Streptococcus uberis Mastitis in British Dairy Herds

Aims & Objectives
To develop a method to predict the mode of transmission, risk of infection and best measures to prevent Streptococcus uberis mastitis in dairy herds, which can subsequently be incorporated into the AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan.

Expected Outcomes

  • Improved understanding of the infection patterns ofS. uberis,in particular a method to predict when an outbreak is single strain (and likely to be contagious spread, through the parlour) or multiple strain (more likely to be of environmental origin).
  • Information to enhance the control of outbreaks ofS. uberisby providing a warning of high risk periods, and suggested methods of prevention according to disease pattern.

Start Date      
June 2012      

Completion Date
May 2016

Lead Contractor
Universityof Nottingham - Research Partnership study 

Other Delivery Partners
University of Reading,
Harper Adams University,
Royal Veterinary College,
Aberystwyth University

AHDB Dairy

Scientific Literature

Davies, P.L., Archer, S.C., Emes, R.D., Bradley, A.J., Leigh, J.A., Green, M.J. 2015. Molecular Epidemiology of Streptococcus uberis clinical mastitis in dairy herds: strain heterogeneity and transmission. Journal of Clinical Microbiology.  doi:10.1128/JCM.01583-15

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